General Knowledge Questions (150)

  1. A cachalot - an old French word for tooth - is better known as what creature, the largest living toothed animal?
  2. What do the 'Int' and 'el' stand for in the computer chip manufacturer Intel Coporation name?
  3. Created by the Hoover Dam, what is the largest manmade lake/reservoir in the US?
  4. From the Greek word sphygmós, meaning pulse, what is the inflatable cuff pressure meter called which measures human blood pressure?
  5. In geometry and mathematics, what is an angle of less than 90 degrees: Obtuse; Acute; Vulgar; or Mean?
  6. Rathlin Island, off the Northern Ireland coast, was refuge to which Scottish King in 1306?
  7. Greek jeweller Sotirio Voulgaris founded which luxury goods brand, noted for its capitalized branding including Latin-style V for a U?
  8. Whose outburst, (paraphrased as) "Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?" led to whose murder in December 1170? (two names required)
  9. Where are the Carnac Stones, the largest megalithic site of its kind anywhere, containing over 3,000 huge rocks erected by pre-Celtic people c.4,000-3,300BC: Anglesey; Cornwall; Brittany; or Glasgow?
  10. How many litres (or liters) are in a cubic metre?
  11. As at 2011 what four countries have the world's largest railway networks?
  12. Which planet (in terms of its orbit) is between Saturn and Neptune?
  13. Name the founder of psychoanalysis who wrote the The Interpretation of Dreams, and Beyond the Pleasure Principle?
  14. In 1968 the Treaty of Tlatelolco was drafted by the nations of Latin America and the Caribbean to keep their region of the world free of what?
  15. What is the odd one out: Katana, Tamino, Pamina, Papageno?
  16. The team sport Bandy (or Russian Hockey) is played on what surface?
  17. A popular 1960s TV cowboy series, what is a cutaneous covering that has not been tanned?
  18. Known also in the US and elswhere as President, what traditionally and descriptively is the most senior position in a company and other hierarchical organizations?
  19. Stephen Covey's first hugely popular guide to business and life is called The Seven 'what' of Highly Successful People: Secrets; Habits; Lessons; or Teachings?
  20. The Han ethnic group of people, the largest in the world, is native to which country?
  21. What is Tesco's US 'neighborhood' grocery chain brand, founded in 2007 with HQ in California?
  22. Traditionally the largest book publishers trade show in the world, where in Germany is the (city name) Book Fair held each October?
  23. In Western Christianity what is the first day of Lent: Easter Monday; Shrove Tuesday (or Mardi Gras); Ash Wednesday; or Palm Sunday?
  24. Absinthe, Raki, Ouzo, and Sambuca are liqueurs/liquors chiefly flavoured with what? (bonus point for the countries nowadays mainly associated with each drink..)
  25. What is the approximate speed of sound through seawater: 45 metres per second; 525m/s; 1560m/s; or 7,200m/s?
  26. The terms: Mollweide's Homolographic, Interrupted, Mercator's, and Polar Zenithal refer to different what?
  27. The traditionally shaped sound-holes in instruments such as violins and cellos are referred to by what letter of the alphabet?
  28. The early 18th century testing and stamping of precious metals at Goldsmith's Hall in London gave rise to the name of what global quality system and more loosely a sign of quality?
  29. What animal normally represents the box of low market share and low market growth in the Boston Matrix (or 'BSG Matrix' or 'Growth-Share Matrix') marketing model: Bull; Dog; Bear; or Elephant?
  30. To what countries do these two-letter country-code domains belong: .AU; .ES; .SE; .TR; .ZA ?

General Knowledge Answers (150)

  1. A cachalot - an old French word for tooth - is better known as what creature, the largest living toothed animal? Sperm Whale
  2. What do the 'Int' and 'el' stand for in the computer chip manufacturer Intel Coporation name? Integrated Electronics (Intel, founded 1968 originally as Integrated Electronics Corporation)
  3. Created by the Hoover Dam, what is the largest manmade lake/reservoir in the US? Lake Mead
  4. From the Greek word sphygmós, meaning pulse, what is the inflatable cuff pressure meter called which measures human blood pressure? Sphygmomanometer(manometer means pressure meter)
  5. In geometry and mathematics, what is an angle of less than 90 degrees: Obtuse; Acute; Vulgar; or Mean? Acute
  6. Rathlin Island, off the Northern Ireland coast, was refuge to which Scottish King in 1306? Robert the Bruce (off the coast of County Antrim, Rathlin is most northerly inhabited Irish land)
  7. Greek jeweller Sotirio Voulgaris founded which luxury goods brand, noted for its capitalized branding including Latin-style V for a U? Bulgari (BVLGARI)
  8. Whose outburst, (paraphrased as) "Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?" led to whose murder in December 1170? (Two names required) Henry II and Thomas Becket(Henry II of England and Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury)
  9. Where are the Carnac Stones, the largest megalithic site of its kind anywhere, containing over 3,000 huge rocks erected by pre-Celtic people c.4,000-3,300BC: Anglesey; Cornwall; Brittany; or Glasgow? Brittany (around the village of Carnac, Brittany, France - a megalith is a large stone, or stones, formed into a monument - the word is from Greek megas, great, and lithos, stone)
  10. How many litres (or liters) are in a cubic metre? 1,000 (one thousand)
  11. As at 2011 what four countries have the world's largest railway networks? USA, Russia, China, India (largest first)
  12. Which planet (in terms of its orbit) is between Saturn and Neptune? Uranus
  13. Name the founder of psychoanalysis who wrote the The Interpretation of Dreams, and Beyond the Pleasure Principle? Sigmund Freud (Sigismund Schlomo Freud, 1856-1939)
  14. In 1968 the Treaty of Tlatelolco was drafted by the nations of Latin America and the Caribbean to keep their region of the world free of what? Nuclear weapons (named after Tlatelolco district in Mexico where the meeting was held - the agreement is fully called, in English, the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean)
  15. What is the odd one out: Katana, Tamino, Pamina, Papageno? Katana (it's a Japanese 'samurai' sword - the others are characters from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 1791 opera The Magic Flute)
  16. The team sport Bandy (or Russian Hockey) is played on what surface? Ice (it is a cross between association football and ice hockey)
  17. A popular 1960s TV cowboy series, what is a cutaneous covering that has not been tanned? Rawhide (cutaneous means 'of the skin' - from Latin cutis, skin)
  18. Known also in the US and elswhere as President, what traditionally and descriptively is the most senior position in a company and other hierarchical organizations? Chairman(or Chairwoman, or Chairperson)
  19. Stephen Covey's first hugely popular guide to business and life is called The Seven 'what' of Highly Successful People: Secrets; Habits; Lessons; or Teachings? Habits (seereview and summary of The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People)
  20. The Han ethnic group of people, the largest in the world, is native to which country? China (extending to other Asian countries, Han people, comprising of many sub-groups, represent nearly 20% of global population, as at 2011)
  21. What is Tesco's US 'neighborhood' grocery chain brand, founded in 2007 with HQ in California? Fresh & Easy (Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market)
  22. Traditionally the largest book publishers trade show in the world, where in Germany is the (city name) Book Fair held each October? Frankfurt
  23. In Western Christianity what is the first day of Lent: Easter Monday; Shrove Tuesday (or Mardi Gras); Ash Wednesday; or Palm Sunday? Ash Wednesday
  24. Absinthe, Raki, Ouzo, and Sambuca are liqueurs/liquors chiefly flavoured with what? Anise (or aniseed or anís - technical name Pimpinella Anisum - bonus point for the countries nowadays mainly associated with each drink: Absinthe - France, although apparently originated in Switzerland; Raki - Turkey; Ouzo - Greece; Sambuca - Italy)
  25. What is the approximate speed of sound through seawater: 45 metres per second; 525m/s; 1560m/s; or 7,200m/s? 1560m/s (by comparison the speed of sound in 20°C dry air is 343.2m/s or 1,126ft/s or 1,236 km/hr or 768mph)
  26. The terms: Mollweide's Homolographic, Interrupted, Mercator's, and Polar Zenithal refer to different what? Maps (specifically 'map projections' and particularly of maps of the world, where different methods are used to present a sphere as a flat map while showing useful proportions and relationships)
  27. The traditionally shaped sound-holes in instruments such as violins and cellos are referred to by what letter of the alphabet? F (F-holes)
  28. The early 18th century testing and stamping of precious metals at Goldsmith's Hall in London gave rise to the name of what global quality system and more loosely a sign of quality? Hallmark (or hallmarking - stamps put into gold, silver, and platinum by makers to denote purity and other details of production, notably where, when and by whom - the basic process of stamping precious metals is over 1,500 years old, perhaps earlier, but the name derives from 18th century Goldsmith's Hall)
  29. What animal normally represents the box of low market share and low market growth in the Boston Matrix (or 'BSG Matrix' or 'Growth-Share Matrix') marketing model: Bull; Dog; Bear; or Elephant? Dog (see the Boston Matrix model)
  30. To what countries do these two-letter country-code domains belong: .AU; .ES; .SE; .TR; .ZA ? Australia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, South Africa


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